Disaster Response

“I Lost Six of my People.” Maui Wildfire Survivor Opens Up To Red Cross Volunteer.

September 26, 2023

By Darrell Fuller Watch Darrell’s story here. I am a volunteer with the American Red Cross. I spent four weeks on the island of Maui responding to the wildfires there. […]

Free Smoke Alarm Installation Event in North Portland

September 21, 2023

By Gabriel Gottfried/Red Cross Cascades Region “People don’t know, can’t know, when they are going to need that smoke detector to save their lives, so do it now.” – John […]

Deploying to Maui:  One Volunteer’s Perspective

August 25, 2023

By Colleen Hathaway/Red Cross Cascades Region The Hawaii wildfires devastating the state are the worst in Hawaii’s history and the deadliest fires in the United States in more than 100 […]

Red Cross Volunteers Take Lead on Disaster

July 26, 2023

Rebecca Marshall/Red Cross Cascades Region One thing to know about wildfire and response is that it can change at a moment’s notice. As this blog is being written, the Red […]

Be Wildfire Ready!

July 20, 2023

Colleen Hathaway/Red Cross Cascades Region There are currently 16 active wildfires in Oregon, burning more than 5,000 acres, according to the Department of Emergency Management (OEM)’s Wildfire Response and Recovery […]

Red Cross Volunteers Reflect on Critical Role in Disaster Response

May 30, 2023

Olivia Wolf/Red Cross Cascades Region A four-alarm fire around downtown Portland displaced more than a dozen residents of an old apartment building the morning of Tuesday, May 16. The fire […]

Finding Hope in a Red Cross Shelter after Narrowly Escaping a 4-alarm Fire

May 19, 2023

Rebecca Marshal/Red Cross Cascades Region On Tuesday morning, May 16th, Barbett Grace heard commotion in the hallway outside of her apartment.  She opened the door and there was so much […]

Everyday People Showing Strength After Hurricane Ian

October 18, 2022

Rebecca Marshall/Red Cross Cascades Region “To help is to live.  Not to help is to die.  When I saw the Red Cross trucks, I saw life.”  Those were the words […]

Disaster Mental Health – A Vital Service

October 4, 2022

Colleen Hathaway/Red Cross Cascades Region What is Disaster Mental Health? Did you know that the Red Cross provides counseling services after a disaster?  Disaster Mental Health, or counseling services by […]

Disaster Services Volunteer Answers the call for Shelter Help

September 13, 2022

Harriet Vanderbilt/Red Cross Cascades Region “I signed up on the weekly response on-call list on Volunteer Connection” recalled Cascades Region volunteer, Roman Perez.  “On Wednesday, August 3rd, I received a […]